WhatsApp beta for Android introduced a new feature that allows users to add and edit contacts without leaving the app. This feature is available for some beta testers that install one of the latest versions of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store.
|Name of the feature?||Manage contacts within the app|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52, are marked as compatible updates.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature has been released to some beta testers. In case you don’t have this feature, please wait for a future update.|
|Thanks:||Saadh Jawwadh, Ace123, Ebenezer, and Technical MJ TV, for testing and reporting!|
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|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 184.108.40.206: what’s new? WhatsApp is working on an optional feature that allows users to share their status updates to Facebook Stories without leaving WhatsApp!|
MANAGE CONTACTS WITHIN THE APP
In the past few days, WhatsApp has released a new feature that allows users to add contacts or edit their information without having to leave the app. It’s worth noting that there already was a shortcut to add contacts, but it would redirect users to their device’s contacts app. Thanks to the latest updates of WhatsApp beta for Android, some beta testers can now easily add new contacts to their contacts list or Google account without leaving WhatsApp:
As you can see in this screenshot, the new feature allows users to add contacts directly within the WhatsApp app. This means that users will no longer need to switch between apps. If you’re curious to discover if the feature is already available for your WhatsApp account, open your contacts list within WhatsApp and select the option “New contact”: in case the section shown in the screenshot appears, it means you can already add contacts without leaving WhatsApp. In addition, you can also add unknown numbers to your contacts list when they reach you on WhatsApp, without switching to the contacts app. Note that this feature is not limited to the process of adding contacts as it is also possible to edit contact information right within the app.
This feature definitely helps users save time: adding or editing a contact within the app takes only a few seconds, whereas switching to the contacts app and then managing a contact can take a bit longer. In addition, users won’t lose focus on their current activity on WhatsApp: if users had to switch apps to add a contact or edit its information, they might forget what they were doing in the conversation.
The ability to add and edit contacts within the app is available for some beta testers that install the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android, and it is rolling out to even more people over the coming days.
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